The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161


News and Announcements

22nd February 2015

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From the Parish Priest’s desk….

Every day of Lent, Holy Church provides a proper Mass, the text of which is often closely associated with the ‘Stational’ Church where the Pope, clergy and faithful of Rome would gather to offer the Holy Sacrifice. The Stational liturgies take the Church back in spirit to the Church in Jerusalem, and express in a profound way the hierarchical communion of the Church, both Roman and universal. They recall to us that Lent is a time not only of personal penance, but a retreat for the whole Church, which follows Christ into the desert, and ultimately must accompany Him in His Passion and Death, in order to enter into the glory of the Lord’s Resurrection. This Ecclesial dimension of Lent is underscored this year by this First Sunday of Lent’s falling on the feast of the Chair of St Peter.

Just as Christ was tempted by Satan in the desert, so also – in every age – His Mystical Body, the Catholic Church, is buffeted by Satan’s temptations. Christ could not sin, or even delight in temptation. Likewise, the Church cannot fail: She is sinless, though made up of sinners. But to the extent that we, her sinful members, consent to temptation, we wound the Church, and obscure Her identity.

Let us be on guard against Satan’s temptations against the Church in our own day: firstly, the temptation to reduce Her role to temporal and corporal concerns (in themselves good) at the cost of her essential spiritual purpose (“Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God”); secondly, the temptation to the presumption that God will always save us from the consequences of our own folly, and that we can manipulate His power for our purposes (“Thou shalt not put the Lord thy God to the test”); and lastly, the subtle temptation to power, influence, and the approval of the world, at the cost of apostasy (“The Lord thy God shalt thous adore, and Him only shalt thou serve”). Let us offer our Lenten penance this year that all the Pastors of the Church, as well as the Faithful, recognise and reject these temptations.

Fr Glen Tattersall, PP.

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Filial appeal to Pope Francis on the Future of the Family: please consider this petition to Pope Francis, respectfully asking him to reaffirm clearly the Catholic teaching that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics cannot receive Holy Communion, and that homosexual acts are contrary to Divine and natural law: http://filialappeal.org.

Gregorian Chant one day Workshop: Saturday 14th March, 11.00 am - 4.30 pm at ‘Maryvale’. A brief history of the chant and its vital place in the worship of the Western Church will be followed by practical sessions on how to read and sing the neumes. It is hoped that, arising from this day, a group might be formed from any participants interested to sing at selected liturgies of the Newman Community during the year. All welcome ! (Feel free to notify anyone outside the community who might be interested.) The workshop will be run by Hugh Henry, director of Psallamus. BYO lunch. $10.00 charge to cover copying and other expenses. 0415 320 293 hughdhenry@gmail.com. R.S.V.P. Tuesday, 10th March.

How to pray the Divine Office: anyone interested in learning how to how to pray the Divine Office is invited to call or email Fr Tattersall this week. A class is being arranged to provide instruction in the use of the Breviary.

Fr Marshall is absent on vacation throughout February. Please note the changes to the Mass timetable during this time.

A Lenten project – support for Br. Shawn Murphy’s Seminary tuition: Br Shawn Murphy is continuing his studies at the Toronto Oratory in Canada, for the Brisbane Oratory in Formation. The Brisbane Oratory will be formally opened by Archbishop Coleridge on 26th May this year. Please consider – as a Lenten resolution - giving financial support to this worthy project, by helping to defray the costs of Br Shawn’s formation and education. Please email the Secretary, or contact Fr Tattersall, if you are able to make a donation.

2015 Year for Consecrated Life – Monastic Experience pilgrimage: in response to the dedication of 2015 to the Consecrated Life, a tour of several flourishing and vibrant contemplative Benedictine communities (all celebrating the traditional liturgy) is being planned for men aged 18 – 40. Tour participants must be within this age range, still discerning their vocation, and interested in learning about and experiencing traditional Benedictine monastic life. The pilgrimage will take place from 30th June to 25th July, 2015 (these precise dates to be confirmed), and will travel to Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey, USA, and to the French monasteries of Notre Dame de Fontgombault, St Madeleine du Barroux, and St Joseph de Clairval, Flavigny. Also included in the itinerary will be visits to some popular Catholic shrines and other places of interest. For more information, please contact Martine Watkinson on 0438 689 308, or Watkinson@hotkey.net.au.


Edmund Burke’s Club – inaugural Conference, Saturday 28th February, 2015, at La Trobe University (Conference dinner at the Savage Club on Friday, 27th February): the conference theme is “a different way of political reasoning”. The keynote speaker is Prof. Garrett Ward Sheldon, of University of Virginia College. For more details, and to register, visit: http://edmundburkesclub.org.au/conference-on-edmund-burke-melbourne-28th-february-2015.html.

Please note the change to the timetable for the next Mass at St Joseph’s, Iona: it will now be on Sunday, 8th March; the next Mass after that will be Sunday, 12th April.

Excerpts from the Homily of Benedict XVI on Ash Wednesday, 1st March, 2006.

According to the very ancient Roman tradition of Lenten stationes, during this season the faithful, together with the pilgrims, gather every day and make a stop - statio - at one of the many "memorials" of the Martyrs on which the Church of Rome is founded. In the Basilicas where their relics are exposed, Holy Mass is celebrated, preceded by a procession during which the litanies of the Saints are sung. In this way, all those who bore witness to Christ with their blood are commemorated, and calling them to mind then becomes an incentive for each Christian to renew his or her own adherence to the Gospel. These rites retain their value, despite the passing centuries, because they recall how important it also is in our day to accept Jesus' words without compromises: "If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Lk 9: 23). 

Another symbolic rite, an exclusive gesture proper to the first day of Lent, is the imposition of ashes. What is its most significant meaning?

It is certainly not merely ritualistic, but something very deep that touches our hearts. It makes us understand the timeliness of the Prophet Joel's advice echoed in the First Reading, advice that still retains its salutary value for us: external gestures must always be matched by a sincere heart and consistent behaviour. Indeed, the inspired author wonders, what use is it to tear our garments if our hearts remain distant from the Lord, that is, from goodness and justice? Here is what truly counts: to return to God with a sincerely contrite heart to obtain his mercy (cf. Jl 2: 12-18). A new heart and a new spirit: we ask for this with the penitential Psalm par excellence, the Miserere, which we sing today with the response, "Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned" (The Sunday Missal).

Another aspect of Lenten spirituality is what we could describe as "combative", as emerges in today's "Collect", where the "weapons" of penance and the "battle" against evil are mentioned. Every day, but particularly in Lent, Christians must face a struggle, like the one that Christ underwent in the desert of Judea, where for 40 days he was tempted by the devil, and then in Gethsemane, when he rejected the most severe temptation, accepting the Father's will to the very end. It is a spiritual battle waged against sin and finally, against Satan. It is a struggle that involves the whole of the person and demands attentive and constant watchfulness.

St Augustine remarks that those who want to walk in the love of God and in his mercy cannot be content with ridding themselves of grave and mortal sins, but "should do the truth, also recognizing sins that are considered less grave..., and come to the light by doing worthy actions. Even less grave sins, if they are ignored, proliferate and produce death" (In Io. evang. 12, 13, 35). Lent reminds us, therefore, that Christian life is a never-ending combat in which the "weapons" of prayer, fasting and penance are used. Fighting against evil, against every form of selfishness and hate, and dying to oneself to live in God is the ascetic journey that every disciple of Jesus is called to make with humility and patience, with generosity and perseverance. 

Following the divine Teacher in docility makes Christians witnesses and apostles of peace. We might say that this inner attitude also helps us to highlight more clearly what response Christians should give to the violence that is threatening peace in the world. It should certainly not be revenge, nor hatred nor even flight into a false spiritualism. The response of those who follow Christ is rather to take the path chosen by the One who, in the face of the evils of his time and of all times, embraced the Cross with determination, following the longer but more effective path of love. Following in his footsteps and united to him, we must all strive to oppose evil with good, falsehood with truth and hatred with love.

Furthermore, love, as Jesus says today in the Gospel, must be expressed in practical acts for our neighbour, and especially for the poor and the needy, always subordinating the value of "good works" to the sincerity of the relationship with our "Father who is in Heaven", who "sees in secret" and "will reward" all whose good actions are humble and disinterested (cf. Mt 6: 1, 4, 6, 18). 

The manifestation of love is one of the essential elements in the life of Christians who are encouraged by Jesus to be the light of the world, so that by seeing their "good works", people give glory to God (cf. Mt 5: 16). True love is expressed in acts that exclude no one, after the example of the Good Samaritan who, with great openness of heart, helped a stranger in difficulty whom he had met "by chance" along the way (cf. Lk 10: 31).

Enlivened by a strong commitment to prayer, determined to make a greater effort of penance, fasting and loving attention to our brethren, let us set out towards Easter accompanied by the Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church and model of every authentic disciple of Christ.



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